Like any subculture, geek culture has its own terminology. A lot of it is self-explanatory, but some of it requires some foreknowledge or insight to really understand. Naturally, most geeks reading this will have that terminology on lockdown, but for the merely geek-curious, it can all be a bit conf ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book ... More >>
The first Ray Harryhausen movie I saw was the last one he made. In 1981, the Greek fantasy epic Clash of the Titans hit theaters, featuring some of the master animator's finest work. I was eight years old, just about the perfect age to wholeheartedly embrace a cheesy mash-up of Greek myths full of f ... More >>
Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. One Christmas, either 1981 or 1982 -- it's hard to be sure now, thirty-plus years later -- I received a gift that would change me forever. It came in a cardboard box with a lurid cover painting under ... More >>
Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planets. These bands aren't necessari ... More >>
Welcome to the (long) weekend! As the summer heat continues, so do the shows. There's a great variety to choose from over the next few days, a healthy mix of imports and exports. We have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious, print that bad boy out and break ... More >>
Good morning! Here we are again. Weekend's over. Bummed? So are we. Luckily, there's another full slate of music to look forward to this week. As always, the choices are plentiful. From folk and metal to indie rock and jam, whatever your flavor, there's plenty of options. Mumford & Sons kicks off a ... More >>
Fear not, geeks (and geek-curious): The Geek Pavilion at the second annual Denver County Fair, which runs from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 at the National Western Complex, is in excellent hands. That's because Dana Cain, the Denver County Fair's director, is passionate about nerd lif ... More >>
The members of Speedwolf (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) specialize in brand of no frills metal in the vein of Motorhead and Venom, played with the playful ferocity of a hardcore band. The guys are not necessarily carrying the torch for that older style of heavy music as much as they'r ... More >>
Michael BrosilowEd Kross and Amy Roeder of The Second CityIf you're looking for the perfect date night destination, keep on looking. Love, Sex & The Second City isn't a show for a first date. Because it's about first dates -- and why we never make it to that second one... or the third... or t ... More >>
Okay, so you're high. And you've got the munchies. And this is October, so there's candy everywhere at the store. So you grab a bag of fun-sized fun, and you take it home to the buds with whom you share your bud. And you enjoy the candy, of course, but you have questions. You have insights. A ... More >>
Aaron Klug. There Aaron Klug was, minding his own business at a Dungeons & Dragons event Tuesday, when the pesky cops showed up. Did he slay them with his Flaming Battle Axe or bludgeon them with his skull-topped Staff of Power? Did he pelt them to death with polyhedral dice? No, he did not. ... More >>
Click to enlargeThursday nights at Sutra have been banging for a while and now they've got a spiffy flier to shout that fact at the world. The weekly event features some of the area's best dubstep and drum and bass DJs, with a smidgen of fidget and breakbeat thrown in for good measure. The fl ... More >>
Nathan GrossClick to enlargeAs the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Looking at the image on this week's top flier, we can't help but agree. There's a story there, it's worth at least a thousand words and three of them have to be WTF? The Buddha-bellied, dog-eared, blank-eyed ... More >>
If you like playing in "the realm of 32nd notes" in time signatures such as "13/16 and 5/8" and have a great love for all things Dungeons & Dragons when it comes to lyrics, get thee to Lakewood, where "Zack" awaits you as his musical soulmate. Also, you should not be a druggie, since Zack's s ... More >>
This revel brings back days of yore.
Bully takes you back to the battlefield of high school.
The band gets back together, and…and…and?
Slow-paced Valkyrie Profile offers dull apocalypse.
Tuesday, February 28, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Jesse Morreale's basement tapes.
Wednesday, October 26, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.
Nomad's Kimberly Akimbo is a daring leap.
Peter Park is in the urban-planning game for good.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Remembering their boyhood passion, tabletop-hockey players are reviving their tiny game.
Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place.